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Dunphy’s bill to protect victims of domestic violence, stalking becomes law

July 9, 2015

AUGUSTA – Rep. Michelle Dunphy’s measure to strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking is now law.

LD 756 adds new provisions to the Address Confidentiality Program, a program that keeps victims’ personal information out of the hands of their abusers.

“Since its inception nearly 15 years ago, the Address Confidentiality Program has provided a layer of protection from the horrors of domestic violence to hundreds of families,” said Dunphy, D-Old Town. “By continuing and strengthening this important program, we can help these families as they try to regain their security and peace of mind.”

The measure adds provisions to keep the name of program participants confidential on certain public municipal documents. It was supported by the Office of the Secretary of State, which administers the program, the Maine Municipal Association and domestic violence prevention advocates.

The bill is among those that became law without the governor’s signature. The governor has 10 days, not including Sundays, to sign or veto a bill. If he does not take either of those actions, the bill becomes law if the Legislature has not finally adjourned.

The bill goes into effect 90 days after the Legislature finally adjourns. The Legislature will be in session on July 16 to address any vetoes issued by the governor as prescribed by the Maine Constitution.

Dunphy is serving her first term in the Maine House. She is a member of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee and represents Old Town and Penobscot Indian Island.

Contact:

Ann Kim [Dunphy], c. 233-1838